The Umbrella was thrilled to entertain over 280 people at its annual ARTRAGEOUS gala on Saturday, May 13, 2017. This year's event served as a tip of the hat to The Umbrella’s past and a look into the future as the organization works towards comprehensive redesign of the building which will help The Umbrella be recognized as a world class arts organization and destination.
ARTRAGEOUS featured host Umbrella Board Member and Rivers and Revolutions founder Michael Goodwin, acclaimed contemporary artist William Quigley, and music from recording artist and former star of Broadways Tony Award winning musical Jersey Boys, Joseph Leo Bwarie and his 9 piece big band. This year's ARTRAGEOUS was one of the most successful galas, both in the number of attendees and the amount of money brought in to support The Umbrella's programs.
Throughout the evening guests were able to bid on over 50 original works of art from The Umbrella’s resident artists, as well as new and rare works from William Quigley.
In keeping with the theme of past and future The Umbrella invited Mr. Quigley to the event as our Stewardship of the Arts Award recipient, as he has a longstanding history with both the Concord community and The Umbrella. Mr. Quigley’s connection to Concord and The Umbrella goes back many years, having lived in Concord and worked in studio space at ArtScape at the Bradford Mill. In 2013, he showed in The Umbrella’s “East Meets West” gallery exhibit.
All funds raised at Artrageous directly support The Umbrella’s mission and allows it to offer affordable, creative and enriching programming throughout the year.